Item description for Location Location (Margot O'Banion Mysteries) by Kit Sloane...
Film editor Margot O'Banion and director Max Skull head to Panama to make their first independent film. Accompanying them are a celebrated movie star, a guide from his spiritual sect, his powerhouse agent intent on separating him from this sect, two British financiers, and a burgeoning legion moneymen bent on getting in on the action. Filmmaking takes second place on the set as the players scramble for position in a murderous game of upmanship.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Feb 25, 2008
Publisher Durban House
ISBN 193075499X ISBN13 9781930754997
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A nod to the sophisticated comedies of the 1940s Sep 3, 2008
In her acknowledgements, Kit Sloane gives a nod to the 1952 George Abbott-Frank Loesser musical comedy, "Where's Charley?" I would go even further back. Sloane's deft touch with humor and mystery reminds me of the Thin Man mysteries of the 1940s.
There's not a single murder in this book. The mystery is what happened to Charley, line producer and moneyman for Max Skull's independent movie production, "The Big Ditch," to be shot on location in Panama.
With only a couple of days before shooting begins, Charley disappears, taking with him the banking access codes of several million dollars he was to have deposited to pay salaries and expenses.
Then Max gets a phone call. Charley is in a coma in a hospital at the other end of the island, apparently the victim of a mugging. Max and Margot O'Bannion, his lover and film editor, take off to check on Charlie and meet the very strange doctor in charge.
Charley is moved to a private hospital and promptly disappears. Since Margot has no film to edit, she is dispatched with Sean, the movie star lead, to look for Charley. Sean, besides being a famous movie star, is also a high profile member of a religious cult known as Fateology. As he and Margot dash hither and yon looking for Charley, Sean's agent and his Fateology handler are in hot pursuit.
The story is carried along by interesting and/or downright loopy characters. The movie people are celebrities in Panama, and everybody wants a piece of the action. Two would-be screen angels are Charley's doctor and a shady horse breeder with ties to Columbian thugs. From out in left field comes a larger-than-life movie star who leads Fateology's anti-drug task force and fancies himself as the cult's enforcer.
Margot and Max are an interesting couple, committed to one another without acknowledging a commitment. They had a film school romance years ago, resulting in a son now 20 years old, and picked up the relationship more recently. They work together and sleep together, and so far it works.
Between Max's preparation for filming and Margot's frantic search for Charley, there's little time for them to appreciate the beauties of Panama, but we do get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of independent movie production.
A fun read!
Movies and Murder Mar 18, 2008
For their first independent movie by M2 Productions, director Max Skull and his film editor girlfriend Margot O'Banion journey to Panama, where the new political party welcomes the boost in economy brought by film companies. Unfortunately, the financing of "The Big Ditch" is less than assured, as after fending off jackals wanting to invest and control their movie the couple is now relying on British financier Charlie Grenfield, who has been lagging on producing the actual funds. Also worrying Max and Margot is the leading man Sean Peters, newly converted to a cultish religion that has him accompanied by a Fateology guardian who just happens to be a former B-movie actress. Sean's valkyrie of an agent Venus Stromberg rounds out the cast demanding attention, bringing no end to the strife on set. When Charlie disappears with both his and M2's share of the film's financing it's up to Margot to come to the rescue and save both the movie and the missing Brit's life. The latest Max Skull and Margot O'Banion mystery shines when it pokes fun at the movie making business and the eccentrics who populate it. Sloane makes Sean Peters more than a parody of Tom Cruise, and Margot once again takes the lead when movie-obsessed Max is unable to focus on anything other than his film. The author successfully conveys the turbulent political atmosphere of Panama, and the twists and turns she throws at the reader make this a lively, entertaining read.
Interesting, Sophisticated, Witty Mar 6, 2008
I've heard great things about Panama as a country--as a possible place to retire--so I definitely wanted to read a book set there.
The novel is sophisticated and witty and gives interesting insights into the financing of movie-making (I'm an actor). The exotic setting against which the film industry creme de la creme are placed definitely adds a layer to a novel that is both fun and has some depth.
Protagonist Margot moves among colorful but believable characters in her quest for a missing member of the team, supposedly a hospital patient and the only one to know where the cash for making the feature might be. Suddenly, a dubious local, from neighboring Colombia, has a terrible accident. Accident? Hmmm. And is that ex-movie star a hit man or just trying to find his daughter in this foreign land?
Never a dull moment in a Kit Sloane Max and Margot novel and I'm not even telling what other trenchant hijinks are involved. It's a super read.
Follow the Money Mar 4, 2008
In this, the fifth Margot O'Banion and Max Skull mystery, the couple are about to start their first independent film venture in Panama. The only trouble is that the $2 million of their own money and a supposedly equal amount entrusted to their right-hand man can't be found, sort of putting a crimp on things.
Complicating the plot are a variety of other characters seeking to "invest" in the film, as well as the fact that the leading man was fought over by a female guide from the spiritual sect he has embraced, his dynamic 200-pound female agent, and two British male financiers (one of whom has disappeared and had knowledge of the location of the missing money), among others.
The story is cute and the characters are larger than life. The reader really skips through the novel at a fast clip to an unexpected conclusion. Read it and have some fun.